Poetry Ireland Review 132, edited by Colette Bryce, features memorable new work from Denise Riley, Kayo Chingonyi, Luke Morgan, Katie Donovan, Nick Laird, and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, among many other excellent poets.
Books reviewed include Seán Hewitt's Tongues of Fire, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín's The Talk of The Town, Bhanu Kapil's How To Wash a Heart, and The Historians, the incomparable Eavan Boland's valedictory collection.
Trumpet 9, with a theme of 'Fear and Release', is guest-edited by Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, who tells us in her editorial: “My intention is that the voices in this issue will be diverse and gently anarchic, brimming with an energy that embraces the darkness while baring its teeth”.
Poem of the week
In the hallway of our 50s semi
my folks stand, radiant,
because, I say, You’re dead now.
You know that, don’t you? Here,
come forward; Dad you too,
just a few steps nearer the mirror
framed above your half-moon
telephone table, and side by side
see how your faces glow
now you’re no longer alive
behind the rattly door
that opens to the path which you,
Mum, lined so artfully
with sea-worn pebbles